You don’t have to be a genius to work with wood. The fact is that all you need to be able to do is lift a hammer and measure accurately, along with having a good imagination. Of course, your skills need to improve, and the tips below will help you to do just that.
Don’t neglect sanding your wood. Sanding may be tedious, but the quality of your workmanship will suffer if you leave the scrapes and nicks where they are. Not to mention, those scratches and nicks absorb more stain and paint, making them stand out more, and making your work look shoddy.
Make your own sanding blocks. Cut six blocks from some plywood that you have laying around for every piece of sandpaper that you use. Make sure they are about 2.5″ x 4.75.” Spray adhesive on your blocks and also the cork square tile. Put one block on the cork, and then cut it flush with a knife. Spray adhesive on the back of your sandpaper sheets and attach to the cork blocks. Finally, trim the sandpaper and label each block.
When staining furniture, turn to gel products. Gel stains work better on lumber because the liquid kind usually run. In addition, the thicker consistency of gel stains have more consistent pigments and allow for a more even coat of stain on vertical and horizontal pieces.
Before you start any woodworking project, get all of the tools you will need for the project ready. Always remember to bring a calculator and tape measure with you when you go to purchase your wood. Make sure you have any specialty tools you will need for your project available as well.
If you are cutting, sanding, or finishing something small, get out your hot glue gun. Affix the item you are working on to the end of a pedestal stick. Hot glue holds better than a clamp, and small objects are impossible to clamp anyway. Just be careful when pulling the piece off to avoid tearing the back side of the wood.
If you’re looking for that first woodworking project, how about starting with a simple box? In fact, that’s probably the most popular first woodworking project out there. Buy some cheap wood that you like, and design a box that could work around your home. Maybe it’s for writing utensils, or perhaps it’s for the kitchen? There are a lot of options.
Never stick with tape measures alone. Story sticks can be helpful, and you are always able to cut later. There’s always time to practice a cut on scrap first. Planning your cuts in different ways helps you avoid getting bored.
Try to find wood that has been recycled. There are several places that use wood and discard scraps that can be useful. For example, a home improvement store is a good place to check. You can use this wood for your projects. You can save hundreds of dollars this way.
You make mistakes. Always remember that, but never say it. You have made mistakes in the past, you are going to make them in the future. Always treat them as learning opportunities. However, never point them out to others or talk about them. Others may not notice, or even care. They’re likely to just be impressed you did something they couldn’t.
Once you master the basics of woodworking, these tips can help you get to the next level of skill. That will open you up to new projects you never thought you would be able to accomplish. The more you practice, the better you will become, so continue to enjoy this hobby as often as possible.